Financial Law Textbooks

This page lists some textbook titles for studying banking and finance law, which are widely used by the UK’s law schools to teach finance law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. You can purchase the following textbooks from mainstream bookshops or

Ellinger’s Modern Banking Law (Oxford University Press, 5th edition, 2010)
by E.P. Ellinger,‎ E. Lomnicka, C. Hare
Ellinger's_Banking_LawIntroduction: Ellinger’s Modern Banking Law sets banking law against the background of general legal doctrines and banking regulation, discussing its operation in the context of its wider economic function. It makes use of American, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian examples and takes account of the changes promoted by the recent global financial crisis. It provides analysis of the banker and customer relationship, explaining the different types of accounts available, the duties and the liabilities of banks, and the latest processes used in the clearance of cheques, plastic money and electronic money transfers. Issues relating to overdrafts, bank loans, credit agreements, and securities for bankers’ advances are covered. This is a significant book for undergraduates and postgraduates alike, as well as practitioners, providing comprehensive and up-to-date coverage.

Principles of Banking Law (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2002)
by Ross Cranston QC
Principles_of_banking_lawIntroduction: The most authoritative treatment of international banking and financial services law – with in depth, expert coverage of global bank regulation, global payment systems, international bond instruments, and foreign exchange systems. Covers all domestic and international banking law topics in full – ideal as a stand-alone text. Cranston takes a themed, policy-orientated approach to the subject – less ‘dry’ than other textbooks.This new edition of the Principles of Banking Law provides a clear, up-to-date and comprehensive account of the subject, incorporating all significant changes in banking law, regulation and practice that have occurred since the publication of the first edition in 1997. The author brings a fresh yet authoritative approach to the topic making the book a key resource for all those studying Banking or Financial Services Law.

Banking Law (Pearson 2014)
by Anu Arora
AnuArora_BankingLawIntroduction: Exploring all aspects of domestic, European and international laws and regulation, Banking Law is essential reading for students and practitioners alike. From examining the academic debates, policy considerations and practical influences underpinning the regulations, this text offers you a truly socio-economic and contextual approach to a subject which impacts on the daily lives of people worldwide. Written by a leading academic in the field, this text looks to explore this constantly evolving subject in depth, following the developments since the 2007 financial crisis. This contemporary textbook:
– highlights how banking law works in practice by analysing high-profile cases including the Northern Rock collapse and the effect of unregulated traders amongst many others
– includes extracts from key legislation and cases that you’ll need to be aware of during your studies
– helps you explore the subject further with annotated further reading

Hudson Law of Finance (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edition, 2013)
by Alastair Hudson
Hudson_TheLawofFinanceIntroduction: Alastair Hudson’s The Law of Finance brings together, for the first time, in a single volume, the whole of international finance, as understood in English law. The volume is divided into two halves with section one considering the principles of the law of finance and section two considering the full range of modern financial techniques in their legal context. By explaining key concepts and practical issues, examining core principles and analysing the key areas of financial practice and the effects of the global meltdown, Professor Hudson provides an unparalleled work of breadth of scope and wealth of detail. The work is unparalleled in breadth of scope and wealth of detail.

The Law and Practice of International Finance ( Sweet & Maxwell, 2007)
by Philip Wood
LawandPracticeofInternationalFinanceIntroduction: The Law and Practice of international Finance is based on the author’s university courses and provides authoritative and all-encompassing coverage of the law relating to international finance. The work covers the three principal approaches the policies of the law, the legal rules and also the practical transactions so that readers are presented with doctrine, data and deals, each of which throws light on the other. For the first time, the topic is dealt with on a worldwide comparative basis with reference to nearly all of the world’s 320 jurisdictions. The result is that readers have a panoramic view of international finance which not only has practitioner-based deals but also elucidates the law on a global basis without being tied to any single jurisdiction.